FBI dramatically arrest 3 Kenyans in Sh. 384 Million scandal

Detectives trailed the three millionaires and took them in after years of investigations

FBI agents holding one of the suspect arrested in the crack down on internet fraud

Three Kenyans behind a Ksh 384 Million scandal have been arrested in a sting operation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

The three; Robert Mutua Muli, Amil Hassan Raage and Jeffrey Sila Ndungi were arrested alongside 281 other suspects after years of investigations into the internet fraud scandal.

The greatest beneficiary of the scam was Muli who stole $2,128,133.83 (Ksh212 million) from the Fairfax County government by tricking them into sending payments for computers purchased from Dell to a fraudulent account before transferring the cash to his own accounts.

He also conned the state of Vermont of $13,684.63 (Ksh1.3 million) and the city of Detroit $769,226 (Ksh79 million).

FBI operatives tracked Raage to Nairobi and picked him up on May 9 this year with his loot of $949,393.14 (Sh94 million) in his bank accounts.

Also arrested is 33-year old Ndungi who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in April 2018.

He had managed to steal only $76,592.86 (Ksh7.6 million) before FBI agents lured him to fly into a trap and arrested him at the Los Angeles International Airport as the plane he had boarded sat was on the run-way.

His controversies and alleged criminal record date back to 2010 while still an engineering student at University of Nairobi when he allegedly hacked into a cable company in Kenya and Nigeria and sold service packages from his house in South B.

From the proceeds of the scandal, he is reported to have become so wealthy that he bought two Cessna planes with the tail numbers 5Y-CCN and 5Y-CCO shortly after graduating.

The successful operation has so far seen millions recovered from the suspects.

All the three have so far been found guilty after making plea bargain deals with the courts with Mr Ndungi has already serving his 20-year sentence.

Mr Muli is set to be sentenced next month, on October 4, Mr Raage will know his fate on October 11.

Other than Kenyans, the only other African country whose citizens were involved in the fraud scheme is Nigeria.

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